What’s on the ballot today? Oh, more Silver Line stations? Cool, cool…let’s just get Washington Street done with, then.
|What the heck is this?? Well, it’s Worcester Square.|
Station: Worcester Square
Ridership: It’s pretty low – only 817 people per weekday.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Aside from some charming brick buildings, there are a few businesses and restaurants nearby.
Final Verdict: 3/10
The inbound side of this stop just flat-out doesn’t get a shelter! It’s just two benches! It’s not even a space issue, either – there is definitely room there for a shelter. Sure, the outbound side gets a nice enclosed one, but the damage is done: the majority of people are going inbound from here. That’s that.
|The two sides of Mass Ave.|
Station: Massachusetts Avenue
Ridership: For such a major street, you would think ridership would be higher, but it sits at only about 1,143 passengers per weekday.
Nearby and Noteworthy: It’s Mass Ave! There’s plenty of retail around here.
Final Verdict: 6/10
This is basically the normal Silver Line stop. Both shelters are enclosed and you’ve got all the amenities, including bike racks, benches, wastebaskets, countdown clocks, and even a few newspaper boxes.
|A hubway station, with Lenox Street in the background.|
Station: Lenox Street
Ridership: Ouch…only 508 riders per weekday!
Nearby and Noteworthy: It’s mostly apartment developments around here, but there’s a community center on the corner of Lenox and Washington.
Final Verdict: 7/10
Ya know what, this one has a Hubway, too – I’ll throw in an extra point. Aside from that, all the amenities are here, including fully-enclosed shelters on both sides.
|Good thing we have Melnea Cass Boulevard for all the school buses!|
Station: Melnea Cass Boulevard
Ridership: The lowest on the line – 465 riders per weekday.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Not much, honestly, at least not in the very near vicinity – it feels very pedestrian-unfriendly.
Final Verdict: 4/10
Although Melnea Cass Boulevard has all of the Silver Line amenities, it doesn’t feel all that necessary. The Silver Line stops down here are really close together, and I think it would be beneficial to combine the low-ridership Melnea Cass and Lenox stops. That could mean eliminating this one (since it serves less) or putting a new stop at the halfway point, but having both seems like overkill, especially on a “BRT” line.